The Senate just voted down Lisa Murkowski's Dirty Air Act. The Dirty Air Act would have gutted the Clean Air Act by removing the EPA's ability to regulate carbon emissions, as well as delaying more efficient fuel economy standards for at least one year, among other negative impacts.
So that's the good news. The bad news is in the vote tally. The resolution was expected to fail, and even if it had miraculously passed, it would then have had to pass the House. And if that miraculously happened, President Obama would have vetoed it. So the vote was more of an indicator of how the various Senators are feeling about carbon regulation and climate legislation.
The results aren't good. Every single Republican voted for the motion, even the supposed moderates like Snowe, Collins, and Brown. As did 6 of the more 'moderate' Democrats, most of which also happen to receive heavy fundraising from fossil fuel industries. Based on the official vote tally, the Dems to vote for the bill were
So it's good that the resolution was shot down immediately, but the vote tally does not spell good news for carbon and climate legislation.